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GARNER, Iowa – The number of Americans with heart failure is expected to climb drastically by the year 2030.
A study from the American Heart Association says that right now 5 million Americans are affected and that number will jump to about 8 million.
The reason for the spike is something that many doctors saw coming based on how people’s lifestyles have changed over the years.
“This is kind of catching up to us years of not exercising not watching what we’re eating and there are other factors that can certainly contribute to heart failure,” says Dr. John Brady.
Doctors say the best way to reduce your risk of heart failure is improving your diet as well as getting regular exercise and going to your doctor for regular check ups.
The AHA estimates that costs that go along with heart failure will balloon to $70 billion over the next 20 years if preventive steps are not taken.